Conifer Corner - Maple Glen - Southland - NZ by AndreaEL


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Conifers (trees that reproduce by means of cones) are a diverse group, including the giants of the forest – kauri and kahikatea – as well as the shrub-like pygmy pine. Taken at Maple Glen Southland NZ

Bob and Muriel bought the property (then a 200 acre dairy farm) in 1966. Initially there was very little garden and the first priority was reducing the size of the mortgages they were lumbered with. However Muriel had a keen interest in plants and the temptation of ‘movable fences’ was frequently too great to withstand. They could only afford one spade in the early years and it was a running joke that its handle was kept constantly warm between digging fence post holes on the farm and gardening. Development of the garden accelerated in the early 1970s with the sale of the dairy herd (to be replaced by a flock of coopworth sheep) and the creation of the nursery. The latter proving that the hobby could generate money as well as consume it! The name Maple Glen came about when we had to officially register a nursery. At the time there were over 30 varieties of Japanese Maples on the property and the garden was being developed in a curving valley with a water source in the bottom. Such a landform is called a Glen in Bobs native Ireland. The garden continues to be developed and extended.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Jan. 15th 2011
Rural Southland NZ
A Tiny Piece Of 25 Acres

My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 4 years ago

    lovely gardens

  • Thank you Lynn for your kind comment, always appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful depth Andrea! I feel like I could step right into this frame!

  • Thank you Robin for your kind and wonderful comment, always appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    OMG, what a gorgeous garden! It would be so nice to stroll through all those beautiful trees and shrubs! Nicely captured, Andrea!

  • Thank you Dot for your kind comment, always appreciated. The photos do not do the gardens as we saw them justice, it was an amazing day.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 4 years ago

    A great array of different green colours.Beautiful photo Andrea.

  • Thank you Roy for your kind and wonderful comment, always appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanalmost 4 years ago

    ohhhhh I love it! In my next life I am going to have a hubby who is a passionate gardener and loves photography!

  • Thank you Jenny for your kind and wonderful comment, always appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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    NatureGreeting...almost 4 years ago

    What a stunning garden Andrea!! Sure you had a wonderful day here

  • Thank you Carolyn for your kind and wonderful comment, always appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Meladana
    Meladanaalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, that’s very impressive, great capture Andrea! Keeping these conifers in such great shape must be real dedication!

  • Thank you for your kind and wonderful comment, always appreciated. They have been doing this garden for 47 years, that is dedication.

    – AndreaEL

  • sejramic
    sejramicalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful garden

  • Thank you for your kind comment, always appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 4 years ago

    What amazing landscaping they have done,so many different types of flowering plants, Beautiful place

  • They are very dedicated, thank you for your wonderful comments and support Byron

    – AndreaEL

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you Joy

    – AndreaEL

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